Ramon: Israel must quickly dismantle outposts, even at cost of violence

Israel must quickly make a decision to dismantle illegal West Bank outposts - within the next week or two, Vice Premier Haim Ramon said Saturday. Ramon told Israel Radio that every day that passes without action on the matter harms Israel's status in the international community and its relationship with the US. While Ramon acknowledged that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were making efforts to reach a peaceful agreement with settler leaders, he stressed that outposts would have to be dismantled regardless of whether or not such an accord was achieved, even at the price of a violent confrontation.